Just Another Struggling Writer

The lamentations of yet another person struggling to write a novel.

WIP Wednesday; Coming Around to Advice I Once Abhored

Hello friends! I am grateful to be back after a sudden but violent head cold knocked me on my ass earlier this week. Unfortunately, however, my convalescence means that I don’t have much in the way of updates as far as my WIP is concerned. 

So, why am I here? Well, because I recognize that if I want to carve out a place for myself in the writing-related content-creation sphere of the internet, I need to be consistent. While I haven’t quite hit the jaded calculus of how to maximize my clicks just yet, I have noticed that my numbers suffer when I go through periods of unexpected inactivity. (That’s not particularly surprising, but I’m a late bloomer to this kind of stuff.)

Consistency is also important when it comes to my writing habits. When I am physically engaged with writing (that is to say, literally putting the words on the page or at the very least actively writing down ideas or an outline) on a daily basis, not only do I have to put in less work to overcome inertia, but I tend to feel more positively about the project in general. The more time I spend between writing sessions, the less enthusiasm I feel, the more doubt creeps in.

Basically, what I’m saying is… I think I might be the kind of writer that needs to write every day. 

I used to hate it when I heard authors insist newbie writers do this. Some people are naturally binge-writers, or have physical or mental health limitations. Others may have such chaotic schedules, unstable working hours or kids with a slew of extra-curricular activities to balance. Basically, it’s just not fair to insist that the best way to write is by plugging away a little at a time every day. 

…That being said, I think that’s probably what I need to be doing. Despite the fact that I have mental health limitations, a 50-mile commute, kids with extra-curriculars, and a personality-type that tends to bite more off than we can chew. I think writing every day is what I need to be doing. 

Enforcing that upon myself, a person who is notoriously bad at forming healthy habits? Now that’s a whole other kettle of fish.

Until next time, my friends! May your writing be plenty and your struggles be few. 

Kerry Share

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About Me

Kerry Share’s love for writing started, as it so often does, as a love of reading at an early age. At age 11 she wrote her first short story, a Harry Potter knockoff of dubious quality, and her love for creative expression was born. Throughout her teen years she continued to foster that passion through derivative work, and at 23 she turned her eye to original fiction.

Now in her thirties, having taken a break from creative endeavors to cope with an ever changing life and landscape, she is determined to make her dream of a writing career reality.

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